Millions of people undergo cataract removal surgery each year. The procedure involves removing the cloudy area that forms on the lens of the eye. An artificial lens is then added to restore vision. While it is very common, the thought of having a cataract removed can be intimidating. Here are four things you should know when preparing for surgery.
- Do I Have to Be Sedated During Cataract Removal?
Patients are usually awake for cataract removal. This eliminates the risks that come with anesthesia. You will be given an oral medication to make you feel relaxed and calm. Those with anxiety may ask for an IV medication. Numbing eye drops are also used.
- Is Cataract Surgery Painful?
Routine cataract removal surgery is NOT painful. Most people feel very relaxed or drowsy during the procedure because of the sedatives used.
- What Happens During Cataract Surgery?
After sedation, your doctor will use a microscope to view the eye. He will make a small incision and carefully remove the cloudy part of the lens. He will then place an artificial lens in your eye. Some doctors use small stitches to close the cut while others may use a suture-less self-sealing method. The process usually takes less than 30 minutes.
- How Long Will It Take to Recover?
You will most likely be directed to a recovery room to wait until sedation wears off. The rate of healing will vary from one patient to the next. Some report clear vision after several hours while others need a week or more.
Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey ophthalmologists to learn more about cataract removal surgery or to schedule an appointment.